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Education Freedom Scholarships

"Gives parents the right to send their children to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or

home school of their choice and expands vocational and technical education."


“All students should have the freedom to pursue an education that develops their talents, unleashes their unique potential, and prepares them for a successful life.”


“Each and every student needs the freedom to find his or her education fit, and today the Highest Court in the Land has protected that right by ensuring that families can use taxpayer funds to choose schools that match their values and educational goals …”

— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos


You should consider applying for a Education Freedom Scholarship for your child to attend MECS Academy, a new career and technical education (CTE) high school with year-round online open enrollment.

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for Our Students, Our Community, Our Future

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Sec. 1202) consolidates and modifies several provisions regarding education savings accounts to replace Coverdell savings accounts with modified rules for tax-exempt qualified tuition programs (known as 529 plans). 

The Bill modifies 529 education savings plans to allow the plans to distribute up to $10,000 in expenses for tuition incurred during the taxable year in connection with the enrollment or attendance of the designated beneficiary at a public, private, or religious elementary or secondary school. The $10,000 limitation applies on a per-student basis for distributions from all 529 accounts. 

Your 529 tax-exempt donation of $10,000 will provide a Education Freedom Scholarship for an economically disadvantaged designated student to attend a New innovative career and technical education (CTE) high school in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Contribution Levels
Additional Information

The scholarships can be targeted to students interested in:


Concurrent or dual enrollment in high-demand career pathways, or to help ease a student’s transition from secondary to postsecondary institutions;

  • Apprenticeship pathways, including pre-apprenticeships, industry-recognized 

apprenticeships and registered apprenticeships; and Industry certifications.

The scholarships can cover allowable education expenses including, but not limited to:

  • Tuition for dual or joint enrollment courses online or in-person at local community colleges or short-term job training programs like a coding boot camp or accelerated training program; Books and fees required by a technical program or community college of choice;

  • Industry-based exams and certification fees necessary for an in-demand occupation;

  • Transportation to an apprenticeship training center or worksite, magnet school, career and 
technical education academy, or public or private school of a family’s choice; and

  • Tools, supplies, and personal protective equipment required for in-person or online career 
and technical education programs such as steel-toed boots, welding gloves, a computer, or scrubs.


Tax Information

Minority Enterprise Career Schools is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (pending).


Donors may deduct contributions to MECS Academy as provided in section 170 of the Code.

Admission Policy

Minority Enterprise Career Schools D/b/a MECS Academy admits students of any race, creed, color, religion, national origin, or ethnic origin, born or naturalized or have legal resident status in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. MECS Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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